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Peter Gelderloos: What went wrong for the municipalists in Spain?

Peter Gelderloos’ critical appraisal of spain’s “municipalities of change” is timely.

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Review of Peter Gelderloos, “Worshipping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation”

A review of Peter Gelderloos’anarchist analysis of how states are formed and developed.

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10 years after police murder on #Alexis: A world without police

The second article of our series 10 years after police murder on Alexis is an essay by Peter Gelderloos from December 2014: A World Without Police. “In the media lens, young students were justifiably protesting in the streets after the police murder of 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos, anarchists were hijacking the event to burn police stations, and immigrants were taking advantage of the situation to loot stores. None of these characterizations are based on fact. Millions of young people and old, Greeks and immigrants, participated in the uprising, in a variety of ways.”

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Peter Gelderloos: Diagnostic of the future – Between the crisis of democracy and the crisis of capitalism: A forecast

In this in-depth analysis, Peter Gelderloos explores the technological and geopolitical changes that movements for liberation will face over the next several decades. How will those who hold power today attempt to weather the economic and political crises ahead? Will artificial intelligence and bioeconomics save capitalism? What’s more dangerous—governments refusing to address climate change, or the technocratic solutions they will propose? Will we see the rise of fascism, or the regeneration of democracy? If we study the challenges that capitalism and the state will confront, we can prepare to make the most of them to put forward another way of life.

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(Part II) Peter Gelderloos – Defying Power: Different Views on How Best to Understand the Evolution of the State

In Part I of this article, I responded to William Gillis’ review of Worshiping Power: An Anarchist Vision of Early State Formation. I wanted to give special attention to what I found to be his most interesting critique.

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Peter Gelderloos – Defying Power: Different Views on How Best to Understand the Evolution of the State (Part I)

Since its publication, I have come across two reviews of Worshiping Power that I would like to respond to, not to bat a discursive ball back and forth, but to engage with the flow of conversations that form an integral part of our interaction with the world around us. One is William Gillis’ “The Tangled Paths of State Formation and Resistance,” and the other is Kristian Williams’ “Mystifying: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation.”

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Peter Gelderloos: The Failure of #Nonviolence (Chapters 1-4)

From the Arab Spring to Occupy. 

When they poured across the border
I was cautioned to surrender,
this I could not do;
I took my gun and vanished.
[…]
“Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing,
through the graves the wind is blowing,
freedom soon will come;
then we’ll come from the shadows.

-Leonard Cohen, “The Partisan” 

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Final Straw Podcast: Peter Gelderloos on his book “Worshiping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation”

On January 4th we reblogged Peter Gelderloos book How Nonviolence Protects the State. The Final Straw spoke with Peter Gelderloos.

Originally published by the Final Straw

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Worshiping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation

This week Gil O’Teen spoke with Peter Gelderloos, who is an anarchist and an author. His books include “The Failure of Nonviolence”, “Consensus”, “Anarchy Works”, and most recently “Worshiping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation”, which is being released two days from now (January 10th 2017) from AK Press. Gil and Peter discuss the ideas in Worshiping Power, how states usually take root, the insidiousness of democracy, the concept of how salvation religions intertwine with the state, and much more.

Don’t forget about the presentation at Firestorm Books and Coffee entitled “Preparing for the Trump Era: An Anarchist Viewpoint” starting at 7pm on Tuesday January 10th. The presenters will explore various approaches to self-organization and self-defense, drawing on the principles of mutual aid and direct action. If you feel lost or uncertain about how to organize in these increasingly crazy times, come to this and get some ideas!

And here in Asheville on January 20th (INAUGURATION DAY) there is a day of activities being planned starting with a meetup and march at Pritchard Park at 10am on the 20th. After that in West Asheville, there will be free food, healing space, workshops, and a dance party/benefit in the evening. To plug in and see the most recent info, you can visit http://j20asheville.noblogs.org or you can plug in on fedbook by searching “J20 Day of Resistance & General Strike”

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